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In Search of Sidesteps and Sideburns by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training The video clip above is from a Welsh band called the Blims .  The song - Sidesteps and Sideburns - was a hit back in March when the Wales rugby team were chasing ... Read on »
Valley of the Witch and Waterfalls by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Photo courtesy of geograph.org.uk A few miles up the Neath valley is the small village of Cwmgwrach, which in English translates to "Valley of the Wi ... Read on »
Sunshine and Rain by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Contemplating life, the passage of time, and the possibility of an ice cream My parents looked after the boys a few days ago so Nancy and myself coul ... Read on »
Gothic Graveyards by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Tonna cemetery and the grave of my great great grandparents, William and Sarah Richards (on the right), and one of their sons (on the left).  The ghostly figur ... Read on »
More Aquatic Adventures by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I like the effect here - the cockle boat stranded at low tide Happy 4th of July.  Of course, here in the UK nobody is really aware it's a National holid ... Read on »
The Great British Summertime by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training There is a story behind this picture.We visited my uncle's house a few days ago.  He has an unheated outdoor pool, and we all decided to brave it.  The temperature ... Read on »
Very Cool by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training My brother with the Olympic torch Read on »
Daddy Duty Number 36(b) by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training A pair of funky chickens? It is something that you don't realize until you have kids, but there is a universal set of Dad rules formulated at the daw ... Read on »
Across the Pond by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Greetings from the UK.  It's been a whirlwind few days, but we're down in my hometown of Neath in South Wales, enjoying very pleasant running weather.  It's so strange to be ... Read on »
The Big Blue by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Have you ever seen the Luc Besson movie "The Big Blue"?  It's an eclectic film set in the world of competitive free diving.  In one scene, Enzo (Jean Reno) has had a bad day ... Read on »
So Much for That by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training When I crossed the finish line at a very hot Boston a few weeks ago, I was more than ready to draw the line under my marathon running for a while.  The lure of the 26.2 beas ... Read on »
Salty Lakes and Mountains by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training The Wasatch mountains There's something about the mountains that pulls at your soul. Greetings from Salt Lake City, an exceptionally pretty city where I ... Read on »
Flame on at Boston by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Pre-race at the Athlete's Village Wow, where to start.  What a weekend!!!  I'm back from Boston, and what a ride it was.  Temperatures of 89F on race ... Read on »
Boston Week by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Well I'm sitting here on Saturday afternoon, waiting to head out to the airport to catch my flight to Boston for Monday's race.  It's been a mad old week alright - here's a ... Read on »
Resistance Training? by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training This may well be my favorite picture of Dylan.  It just captures him so well - seemingly innocent, but with a hint of mischief lurking just beneath the surface. ... Read on »
New Running Stuff by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Gavin at Bull Creek Who doesn't like getting running stuff in the mail.  I just got a nice big order from Running Warehouse - shirts, shorts, socks an ... Read on »
The Road is Too Long (so now it's gone) by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Hello from Richmond, VA.  I arrived late last night, my luggage arrived this evening (I'm pretty sure I saw it last night from my window seat, sitting sadly on the tarmac wi ... Read on »
The Road to Boston (week 11 of 16) by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training This is the month that will either make or break my Boston race, so it's time to pull out the stops, knuckle down and do some hard work.  I'm finally back home for a decent ... Read on »
The Road to Boston (week 10 of 16) by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training 6 weeks to go, and I really don't feel prepared at all (so what else is new, right?).  My running does not seem anywhere near as easy as it was a few short months ago, and m ... Read on »
The Road to Boston (week 9 of 16) by Mark .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Ok, completely disorganized this week, but greetings from Little Rock, AR.  Man am I ever racking up the air miles and hotel points these days!!!  Been slacking on the blog ... Read on »